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Accused River House shooter has hearing continued until June 18

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 4/10/18

Another continuance in the case of Tanner A. Stark, the Mount Joy man accused in the March 24, 2017, shooting at River House Bar & Grill in Londonderry Township, was granted Monday by Dauphin …

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Accused River House shooter has hearing continued until June 18

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Another continuance in the case of Tanner A. Stark, the Mount Joy man accused in the March 24, 2017, shooting at River House Bar & Grill in Londonderry Township, was granted Monday by Dauphin County Court Judge William Tully.

Stark’s next court appearance will be June 18. The continuance was granted at the request of Stark’s defense attorney, George Matangos.

Stark, 22, remains in Dauphin County Prison on $250,000 bail.

Meanwhile, Stark now faces other charges in a separate case in Lancaster County.

On March 8, charges of burglary, theft by unlawful taking, and criminal mischief were filed against Tanner by Elizabethtown Borough Police for an incident that allegedly occurred Oct. 25, 2016.

Tanner is scheduled for an April 20 preliminary hearing on the charges before District Judge Jayne F. Duncan.

Regarding the River House incident, Stark is charged with three counts criminal attempt-murder of the first degree, six counts of aggravated assault, one count of carrying a firearm without a license, three counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied structure, one weapons possession count, four counts of simple assault, and one count each of recklessly endangering another person, harassment, disorderly conduct, and public drunkenness.

Stark on Aug. 4 pleaded not guilty to all the River House charges.

According to police arrest records and testimony during Stark’s June 22, 2017, preliminary hearing before District Judge David Judy, Stark began shooting outside the River House at about 1:30 a.m., after two bouncers had escorted him out of the bar after seeing Stark carrying a handgun.

One of the bullets fired by Stark hit the leg of a man who was on the patio, according to police.

Police say Stark fired at the two bouncers, and was then confronted in the parking lot by two men, David Seesholtz, a customer in the River House at the time, and River House bartender Andy Cole.

Stark allegedly shot Cole three times, according to Dauphin County Chief Deputy District Attorney Mike Sprow.

Seesholtz testified that as he was on the ground with Cole, Stark started walking toward the men. Seesholtz with his own weapon then fired seven or eight rounds at Stark, Seesholtz testified.

Stark had been shot several times, his previous defense lawyer Jerry Russo said during Stark’s preliminary hearing before Judy.